Better late than never.
Unless it’s quarterback Aaron Rodgers. For Rodgers, it’s better early than late.
The Green Bay Packers are slumping but that has nothing to do with the play of Rodgers. During the team’s four-game losing streak, Rodgers ranks first in touchdown passes (12), third in passing yards (1,265) and 10th in passer rating (101.9).
Most of Rodgers’ best work this season has happened in the quick passing game.
“Rodgers has been a surgeon in the passing game when given 2.5 seconds or less to pass, as he has a completion percentage of 71.3 with 12 touchdowns and only one interception, all of which are top-10 in the league,” reports Pro Football Focus in its weekly notes package that it provides to Packer Report.
According to PFF, Rodgers averages 2.97 seconds to throw, which is the third-longest in the league, and has fired the ball in 2.5 seconds or less on only 50.2 percent of his dropbacks. When he has 2.6-plus seconds to throw, his completion percentage is just 53.1 and he’s tossed six of his seven interceptions.
The stats show Rodgers must speed up his game. And the standings show the Packers must speed up their internal clocks. On Sunday night at Washington, the Packers went three-and-out on each of their first three possessions. At Tennessee the week before, the Packers dug themselves a 21-0 hole.
“We didn’t see that coming,” Rodgers said of the second-half shootout vs. Washington. “Starting the game, our defense did a good job getting stops. We had a rough start to the game — three three-and-outs. It’s tough. We didn’t get going early. It would’ve helped our defense out if we could’ve got out to a better start. We’ve got to do a better job of starting the game out and get a lead for our defense.”
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